Man Arrested After Shooting at Group Playing Basketball


TEXARKANA, TEXAS – The Texarkana Texas Police Department arrested Dakota Mangum, 23, of Texarkana Texas, on Thursday evening for two counts of Deadly Conduct and Evading Arrest with a Vehicle.

Officers were dispatched to the area of West 38th and Magnolia Streets, where shots were reported to have been fired. As officers arrived, they were flagged down by several people who pointed out an orange pickup truck parked in the street on West 38th and identified the driver as the person who had been shooting. The vehicle sped away when the officers activated their emergency lights to make contact with the driver. After a short pursuit through the neighborhood, the vehicle pulled into the driveway at a residence in the 3700 block of Magnolia Street. Mangum immediately exited his vehicle and turned toward the officers. He continued to approach them despite their repeated verbal commands to stop. One officer deployed his JPX Cobra pepper spray gun at Mangum, who then was taken into custody without further incident.

Witnesses told officers that there had been a verbal disturbance as a result of Mangum driving this vehicle recklessly in the neighborhood. After his vehicle almost spun out of control near some children playing basketball in the 3800 block of Magnolia, the group began yelling at him to slow down. Mangum stopped briefly to engage in a verbal altercation with the group before speeding away. They said that Mangum returned a few minutes later and fired several shots from a pistol toward the group. He left again and had just returned a second time when the officers arrived and began to pursue his vehicle. No one was injured during the incident.

Mangum is currently being held in the Bi-State Jail with a total bond of $60,000.

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